The future of broadcast is wireless, whether it be conditional access content or OTT (Over The Top). Evolutions in the mobile broadcast standards, such as ATSC 3.0 in the US, will require new processing capability than is available in DSP SoCs today. There are also opportunities to reach convergence in broadcast with Video over LTE, either via eMBMS or as IP packets on a single carrier. Either way, a flexible processing solution enables first-to-market advantage while remaining future proof against standards evolution and upgradable to support new features even after deployment. HyperX processors can provide an exceptional low power solution that is completely software reprogrammable.
In addition, the latest video encoding standard, HEVC, represents a substantial opportunity for new infrastructure equipment in the CDN (Content Distribution Network) regardless of the eventual transmission medium (i.e., ATSC/ DVB/ISDB/CMMB, cable, satellite, etc.). While HEVC requires a substantial leap in processing performance, video transrating at the edge also enables significantly lower storage costs and increased bandwidth efficiency by allowing just one copy of the video to be cached at the highest available resolution, and then downgrading the quality of the video as appropriate for the screen resolution of the device receiving the broadcast by video transrating/coding in real-time. Most processors require a number of hardware accelerators to do such video transrating/coding in real-time, which means that they are fixed function and take a long time to come to market after the standards have been ratified. And, of course, the actual broadcast content has to be protected with security and DRM (Digital Rights Management), which our current HyperX processor is able to support. Contact us to learn how HyperX processors can get you to market quickly with a software-based solution that can be modified even after deployment.